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"Men past forty
Get up nights
And look out at city lights,
Wondering where they made the wrong turn
And why life is so long" - L.E. Sissman

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If this is you, join us. We're breaking free.

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We need to be good men and good at being men.

This post is a list of what makes one both a good man and good at being a man.
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A little outdoor workout on a Friday evening. Five-second frog press holds into five-second L-sits x 3, followed by 25 swings with a 55-lb. kettle bell. Four rounds.
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Here's a Friday evening workout that will build athleticism, strength, and muscle. Enjoy!
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Running short on time? Here's a quick workout that hits your chest, arms, core, and posterior chain - and gets your heart pumping. Do 3-4 rounds to get your weekend started right.
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I couldn't be more thankful for these ugly bare spots in my yard. They're the batter's box and home plate on our backyard baseball field. The big tree is second base. And they're evidence of the fun I've had with my four little ones through the years.

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‪Real talk: most men don't need more information, they need to take action. The weekend is here: step away from the screen and do something you know you need to do. ‬

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You ever meet anyone who doesn't feel busy? Me either. It's time to reject busy.

Everyone you meet is "busy". No one feels like they have enough time, and being busy is almost a badge of honor in our society. While being busy is partly perception and partly reality, there's no doubt that being busy keeps us from having strong friendships with other men. If we're going to thrive…
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Does having a pour of your favorite bourbon and it not being very good rise to the level of an existential crisis? Asking for a friend.

Slow your life down. Breathe deep. Think big. Let your world expand beyond your office and your screen. Then go get important things done. And realize that not everything is important.

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In the midst of great hardship and loss, my guess is that many men in Texas will feel a satisfaction and contentment that they've never felt before.

Men thrive when they can unleash their masculinity, when they have a clear purpose and mission, and when they are connected to each other. Crisis situations, like those presented by Hurricane Harvey, present men with all three elements. As a result, my prediction is that men will thrive in the midst...
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The stories and images that we're seeing out of Texas are both devastating and encouraging. The damage and loss is catastrophic, but the joining together of people across dividing lines is beautiful. My prediction is that, despite the tremendous hardship, the sense of purpose and community that results from this crisis will actually improve happiness levels. I don't say that to minimize the terrible losses suffered by so many, but to highlight the profound impact that brotherhood and a sense of purpose have on our mindset. We'd be well-served to embrace those things without being forced to via catastrophe.

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Anyone can be an alpha on their own. But it's only when we are connected to other men that we forge and find our place, becoming the men we're meant to be.

Why do veterans in non-combat zones often experience the worst bouts of PTSD? Why do soldiers often miss war? What causes survivors of war-torn cities or other disasters often look back wistfully to those days? Why do suicide rates and mental health issues decrease during times of crisis? According…
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The law of the harvest: you always reap later than you sow and greater than you sow. Sow the seeds of the life you want today. If you're consistent, the payoff will come.

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Men can handle hardship. In fact, we often thrive on it. What we can't handle is isolation. And that's exactly what modern society promotes. Without strong connections to other men, we suffer.

Why do veterans in non-combat zones often experience the worst bouts of PTSD? Why do soldiers often miss war? What causes survivors of war-torn cities or other disasters often look back wistfully to those days? Why do suicide rates and mental health issues decrease during times of crisis? According…
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A man's mission:

build a strong body
love your wife
raise kids who thrive...
provide financially
connect with other men

Accomplishing this mission in a world that promotes isolation and makes us busier than ever is not for the faint of heart, and many will abandon the mission. Will your story be one of accomplishment or abandonment? The good news: you hold the power to write your story.

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"I don't have anything to prove" is a limiting mindset and typically a cop-out based in fear. Don't go there.

Men certainly do have things to prove. Men are going to be judged by other men. We'll still extend basic respect and courtesy to you if you reject the masculine
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Here's a challenge: until you can articulate the best opposing argument on an issue, don't publicly express a political opinion on it.

The biggest threat to men's health in adulthood? It's not what you think.

Technology makes it far too easy to live in isolation, disconnected from other men. Because men are wired to connect with other men, our quality of life, our mental health, and even our family life suffers when we don't develop strong friendships with other men.
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"When people with children become overscheduled, they don’t shortchange their children, they shortchange their friendships." Billy Baker, Boston Globe